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oilcloth,

originally, cloth treated with oil or other substances so as to be waterproof and used for fishermen's and sailors' wear, for coach robes and covers, and later as a floor covering, called floorcloth. Subsequently it was made of heavy canvas, jute, or burlap, sized with glue, and coated with a thick oil paint, several coats being used and successively rubbed down with pumice stone. It was machine printed, dried in a drying room, varnished, and rolled. Linoleumlinoleum
, resilient floor or wall covering made of burlap, canvas, or felt, surfaced with a composition of wood flour, oxidized linseed oil, gums or other ingredients, and coloring matter. An English rubber manufacturer, Frederick Walton, patented linoleum in 1863.
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 and various kinds of vinyl products have superseded oilcloth as a floor covering. A variety of oilcloth fabrics is now produced for wall, table, and shelf coverings, for raincoats, and for many small wares.

oilcloth

[′ȯil‚klȯth]
(textiles)
A fabric coated with a mixture of oil and clay, used as a waterproof covering.
A floor covering made of a heavy fabric treated with oil paint.

oilcloth

waterproof material made by treating one side of a cotton fabric with a drying oil, or a synthetic resin
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